Riflesso sull'arco


Riflesso sull’arco is [...] a tightly structured succession of static, sonorous, softly tinted harmonies, interspersed with small eruptions. This musical equivalent of a Hitchcock beauty like Grace Kelly is coloured by a bass clarinet, a trombone, a cello and a piano, which has very few ‘ordinary’ notes, but instead, lots of bowed string sounds and ominous bangs on the framework. [...] Just with the première of this new Rijnvos alone does the Ives Ensemble present an equally extravagant as fascinating concert, one that raises existential questions.
Roeland Hazendonk, Het Parool, 14 January 2017

Durham based composer Richard Rijnvos's recent Riflesso sull'arco is a companion piece, appropriating Serocki's combination of clarinet, trombone, cello and piano to create a haunting overtone study or spectral composition. Rigorously time-controlled, the piano part acted as a signal: "at points where harmonic partials occur, a sudden 'knot' of sound erupts", the composer comments.
Andy Hamilton, The Wire, Issue 410, April 2018